Some in Missouri legislature looking to further weaken protections for animals

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For some elected officials in Missouri, it is not enough that a vote of the people to strengthen the state’s breeding regulation was gutted later by the state legislature; now they want to further weaken anti-cruelty regulations and make it tougher for people to vote for better regulations.

From an Associated Press article posted Saturday on Stl.Today.com:

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Rep. Tom Loehner is backing an amendment to the state constitution that would forbid voter-enacted laws governing how farmers raise cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, goats, horses and rabbits. He said his proposal is driven by concern that people in urban areas might construe some farming practices as cruel instead of economically necessary.

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That is a troubling statement – “cruel instead of economically necessary.” It’s bad enough to pick and choose where they don’t want the will of the people involved. But to weigh the extreme suffering of animals against what a few will deem as ‘economically necessary’ should sound alarm bells for the animal welfare side and voters in general.

Breaking News: Compromise dog-breeding bill signed by Missouri governor

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed two bills Wednesday, one to gut Proposition B and then another compromise bill that falls in between the two measures.

I’m still not convinced this was the right thing to do, as it seems troubling to me that the terrible first bill was even signed at all. Seems pretty sneaky somehow to me.

I’ve not seen a clear explanation for why the first bill needed to be signed. It is not explained in the latest article in the Kansas City Star. I’ll have more as I look deeper into this subject.

Water is still muddy on effort to undo Prop B in Missouri

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The news continues to pore in on the bill to undo Proposition B in Missouri and on Governor Nixon’s proposed compromise.

An editorial appearing in the Columbia Daily Tribune is choppy at best and seems to be supporting the compromise. But as we see in so many of these anti-Prop B editorials or comments, nothing or very little is included about the welfare of the dogs housed in puppy mills.

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Missouri representative gives clueless radio interview on Prop B repeal

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I received a link this morning to a radio interview with Rep. Kurt Bahr of the Missouri House. The interview is described in the Fired Up Missouri blog as being a “train wreck.” And it truly is.

Bahr suggests the provision in Proposition B to limit the number of breeding dogs a breeders can possess to 50 is unconstitutional. Bahr and others who are clueless on the US Constitution, try to state these limits are a violation of property rights.

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Gov. Nixon’s compromise on Prop B repeal is losing support

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s compromise on the proposed repeal of key components of Proposition B is losing support from both sides – with headlines Wednesday using the phrases “crumbling” and “threatened.”

A group of 65 state lawmakers who backed a new bill (SB 113) to gut Prop B are calling on Nixon to drop the compromise and sign SB 113. And Although the Missouri Humane Society supports and compromise, other national animal-welfare groups are opposing it, including the Humane Society of the United States.

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Compromise proposed by Gov. Nixon in Missouri on repeal of Proposition B

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The effort to repeal many of the important provision in Missouri’s Prop B took a twisting turn today when Governor Jay Nixon announced a possible compromise – “between state-level animal-welfare groups and Missouri dog breeders.”

Agriculture groups in the state and the Humane Society of Missouri have reportedly signed off on the compromise. There are no details reported in a story I found on the Midwest Democracy Project website.

But writer Barb Shelly does offer some details on the Kansas City Star site – noting the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Best Friends Animal Society also oppose the compromise.

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Young Jackie Evancho sings for the seals

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Talented singer Jackie Evancho, at age 10, has become a spokesperson for stopping the slaughter of baby seals. She possesses compassion for other living things.

How is that this young person can see so clearly what it means to be compassionate – when at the same time we also see people who offer such a stark contradiction to this thought process?

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Missouri farmers group spits propaganda concerning Missouri’s Prop B

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A brand new Pack of Putrid Punditry Award goes to Missouri Farmers Care, described as “a coalition of leading Missouri agriculture advocacy groups” by a piece of warped propaganda posted on the website – DairyHerd.com.

The group falsely claims that the bill recorded as SB 113 – which guts the anti-puppy mill measure Proposition B – actually strengthens the enforcement of Missouri’s animal welfare laws and preserves the voters’ intent on Prop B.

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Will the Missouri governor choose to protect dogs or puppy mills?

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has a decision to make – sign the bill to gut Proposition B or go the humane route and veto the bill. Vetoing the bill will ensure that protections remain in place, to allow for time outside and for better housing for breeding dogs housed in puppy mills.

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Interactive National Anti-Puppy Mill Regulations

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In reading and reporting on the potentially tragic efforts to overturn Missouri’s Proposition B, I’ve been thinking about what provisions all breeding regulations – from federal and state levels should contain.

I feel there are some basic protections that should be afforded to all breeding dogs. So let’s work together – as a pack – to put on the table the core provisions.

My thoughts –

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